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Hercule Poirot on the case!

Hercule Poirot on the case!
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Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 480 W: 62 N: 1235] (4229)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 18-70mm f3.5-4.5 G ED
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-11 12:56
Viewed: 3555
Points: 52
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Hello Everyone,

This is definitely an unusual week for me as I am posting my second 'first' of the week, if that makes sense!!

Today, I am posting a shot of my first humming bird moth. I came across this wonderful insect in a lovely garden called Pheonix Park in Nice. I only had my wide angled lens with me so it took a lot of stealth and perseverence to capture this busy little insect.

I know that it is not in the realms of excellence, but I am so proud of this shot! This busy little moth flicked with amazing speed and energy amongst the vast array of colourful flowers on display. I followed it with the tenacity of Hercule Poirot until I, at last, got a shot.

The BBC has this web site about the humming bird moth. If you would like to research it further, please click here.

Many thanks for your interest.
Please feel free to offer feedback on any aspect of the photograph. :-)

Hand held at about 1 metre.
pp cropped, sharpened, added borders with marque tool, erased and signed

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-11 13:01]
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Hi Bev,this is art! Surely you're the most elegant photographer of TN,your wau to compose and postprocessed the pic is fantastic! The pic is at the top quality,and is a very difficult pic to take perfectly,and the colors and sharpness are impressives,my best compliments and thanks to show us your great work,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-11 13:24]
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Hello Beverley,
Your Poirot-like tenacity paid dividends!
This is a superb capture of a Hummingbird Hawk-moth taken from an excellent POV, while hovering, with fine sharpness.
To take a shot like this is still my ambition!
Congratulations on this first and thanks for sharing it!
Kind regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-11 13:38]

Hello Beverley,
A very nice shot on this Hummingbird moth. The colors and detail look good. You caught him with a nice pose.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Bev, superb composition with splendid humming bird moth and wonderful flower, fantastic colors, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Ciao Beverley,
bellissima immagine e ottimo tempismo di cattura, eccellenti POV e composizione con l'ottima definizione del il fiore e della falena e lo stupendo OOF BG, bellissimo l'effetto del movimento, molto belli anche i colori.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-11-11 15:49]
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Clever shot Bev - what a great action you have captured here.
Beautifully done, and the colours and details are all so sharp - except for that very fast wing movement we can see - that's great. And look at his eye!!
I wish it was mine!! Are you sure I didn't take this photo????
Janice :) :)

I have seen a few of these on TN...but in yours, the framing sticks out...may not be simple, but it doesn't subtract from the photo...Tres colourful Bev...You were always the artist!


hello beverley,
i too have tried th shoot this moth while sipping nectar but could met with success. you did it so well here, i liked the composition and the pov, lovely colors and contrast too,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Beverley,
I remember getting my first photo of a hummingbird moth and I like you ,was thrilled and proud to have made the capture.These moths really do live up their names and from a distance could even fool you into thinking you were looking a humming bird.The thing is the birds and these moths are just about the same size and both do hum.The only nit I have is the image looks a little over exposed in places but as a composition ,it truly is wonderful.A faster shutter speed and a reduction of exposure say -1/3 ev would give this photo the added impact you are looking for.My photo posted to TN was of a feeding moth as well.They are fascinating creatures and are attracted to flowers which compliment the insect's beauty as well.Life on this good old planet sure is interesting and surprising.Thanks for sharing this interesting little creature.Hercule Poirot would be proud as well. Bob

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-11 20:37]
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Hi Beverley.
Wonderful in-flight shot of a nice scene and so cute moth. I cannot take good shots of this species yet. You are luckier (and more skill) photographer. Amazing POV and freezing of the moment, great POV and DOF and lovely colours. My compliments and TFS.

I felt exactly like you while chasing this moth recently because it was my first too, Beverley. I posted it a few days ago.
This one is better than the one I posted; the wings are invisible in my shot :).
The flowers bearing stalk it is sucking nectar from goes well with the composition.
Well done and TFS.

Hello Beverley

What a beautiful image.
The composition is well done.It looks like it should be in a garden magazine.
The colours are rich and well saturated.
Good detail and use of the light.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-11 21:27]

Hi Beverley,
Wonderful inflight shot of this Humming Hawk moth busy in doing what it knows best. You really have freezed this moment so beautifully, not easy I know because they are very fast. Very neat and sharp image with soothing colours and lighting. I like your title too, fits just right.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-11 22:45]

Hello Bev

Amazing capture - no wonder you are proud of it - I would be. Well seen and captured.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-11-12 0:34]

hi beverley,
wonderful image, dream of many nature photographers, your persistence and patience paid richly here. tfs.

A perfect capture of a feeding hawk-moth in mid-flight Beverley, the lateral POV let you capture both the moth and the flower it is feeding on in sharp focus against a fuzzy BG. TFS this fine image.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-12 3:57]

Hello Bev,
How lucky you were to get this beautiful Hawkmoth that I've only seen once briefly. Considering your lens you did very well indeed and caught it at the right moment with sharp focus on the eye. Fine details too and a very nice composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

what a capture Beverley,
I have try this before but had no luck at all I was chasing this moth but every time I came with my camera he was flying away. You made a very good photohere a good macro with a perfect sharpnes, a very good photojob here, I like it a lot, have anice day.
regard jaap

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  • kessi Gold Star Critiquer [C: 80 W: 5 N: 74] (221)
  • [2008-11-12 7:59]
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Well done, Madame Poirot! Your tenacity really paid off. This is brilliant work. I can visualise you darting among the all the flowers trying for the right shot.
This is a great composition. My eye is immediately drawn to the light pink flower and then the tongue and head of the moth. So sharp and then I see the fast moving wings and I know that this is a busy, busy fellow. I also love the colours of the blurred background. They are so complementary to the flower and insect in the front. Seriously excellent image.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-11-12 11:41]

Hi Bev,
very well done with that lens, and congrats on that first too! Well framed with lovely lighting and colours - great job.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-12 12:58]

Fantastic Beverley! Great capture, congrats. A very good image of it too, well done!


Hi Bev,
Very good capture of this Hummingbird Hawk-moth with great POV and composition, sharp details and nice natural BG.

Hello Beverley,
Nice capture, good sharpness and depth of field,
beautiful colors and nice light. I have never seen
anything like this .

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-12 22:53]

Hello What a moment you have captured for us here. I tried manytimes doing the same but never succeeded. Well done Ganesh

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-13 4:39]

Hello Beverly,
Great composition and not an easy one to do. Very beautiful duo insect and flower. Nice green background with little color-spots. I just see that you made your picture in the south of France.. Here it is very common now, but only for about 5-6 years, probably because of the golbal warming.
Have a nice afternoon

Nice work Bev!! Really a cool shot. I don't get over here much, I can't keep up with TL, much less any others! This is a really cool shot, we don't have these here in Texas!~ Way to go!

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